Thursday, February 11 2010 @ 03:44 PM GMT
Contributed by: Admin
Written by jockyitch from bashandslash.com
Madam Speaker, members of the CoD Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow gamers:
Since Rob Bowling told us that there would be no dedicated servers for MW2 I dreaded what might happen to the CoD FPS community. Would it kill it off or rejuvinate it? It was hard to say what exactly would happen.
Now, here we are in February. Most CoD clans are still around, while many server companies are not. Competitive gamers have gone the way of the dodo (or is that Dota?) and community modders are simply happy to work for food.
And a few challengers have emerged that could make MW2 a memory...BFBC2, MoH and even CoD7 (from Treyarch).
Perhaps it is time to take stock?
MW2...the most popular of all hated games?
According to Steam, at its peak, 130,000 players were logged-on playing MW2 a few weeks back. That number has dropped into the low 110K's recently, but on SuperBowl Sunday it was back to to 126,494 to be exact (Superbowl parties perhaps?).
MW2 is the number one played game on Steam, followed closely by CS Source at 102,189 (today's current peak) and another 80K playing CS.
Xfire shows CoD4 at 9M minutes played today, followed by CoD at 6M and MW2 comes in at only 5M. However, given that MW2 gamers are using Steam as their IM software, not XFire (a CoD4 and CoD2 staple), these numbers have to be weighed differently.
However you slice it, MW2 is the most popular CoD game going and arguably the most popular FPS in the PC world.
An MW2-uninstall coming soon?
Though MW2 continues to be trashed by the hardcore PC community (now a daily ritual since it fell with a sickening thud on our hard-drives last November), the numbers show that is has garnered a good sized community of its own.